ultima

[ uhl-tuh-muh ]
/ ˈʌl tə mə /
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noun

the last syllable of a word.

Nearby words

  1. ulsterite,
  2. ulsterman,
  3. ult.,
  4. ulterior,
  5. ulteriorly,
  6. ultima ratio regum,
  7. ultima thule,
  8. ultimacy,
  9. ultimate,
  10. ultimate constituent

Origin of ultima

1860–65; < Latin, feminine of ultimus, superlative corresponding to ulterior ulterior

ultima ratio regum

[ oo l-ti-mah rah-tee-oh rey-goo m; English uhl-tuh-muh rey-shee-oh ree-guh m ]
/ ˈʊl tɪˌmɑ ˈrɑ tiˌoʊ ˈreɪ gʊm; English ˈʌl tə mə ˈreɪ ʃiˌoʊ ˈri gəm /

Latin.

the final argument of kings (a resort to arms): motto engraved on the cannon of Louis XIV.

ultima Thule

[ uhl-tuh-muh thoo-lee; Latin oo l-ti-mah too-le ]
/ ˈʌl tə mə ˈθu li; Latin ˈʊl tɪˌmɑ ˈtu lɛ /

noun

(italics) Latin. the highest degree attainable.
the farthest point; the limit of any journey.
the point believed by the ancients to be farthest north.

Origin of ultima Thule

First recorded in 1655–65; literally, farthest Thule

Also called Thule.

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British Dictionary definitions for ultima

ultima

/ (ˈʌltɪmə) /

noun

the final syllable of a word

Word Origin for ultima

from Latin: the last, feminine of ultimus last; see ultimate

ultima Thule

/ (ˈθjuːlɪ) /

noun

another name for Thule
any distant or unknown region
a remote goal or aim

Word Origin for ultima Thule

Latin: the most distant Thule

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